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Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Dysphoria Working Group: An International Discussion Space for Clinicians and Researchers

In the past decade, the affirmative model of care has quickly become the standard when treating gender dysphoric or gender nonconforming (GNC) children and youth. This shift in treatment approach has coincided with a significant rise in the number of children and teens presenting with gender dysphoria. At the same time, the political nature of gender dysphoria has led to an increasingly polarized view of the diagnosis, making rigorous debate difficult. This site has been established as a space where clinicians and researchers can explore the evidence for different models or treatment. Our knowledge about gender dysphoria in children, adolescents, and young adults is still very incomplete. The affirmative model has become standard of care before there is enough evidence to determine the long-term risks and benefits of this approach. Our aim is to share a wide range of informed views on the key research findings so that clinicians are empowered to evaluate these critically. In this way, we hope to widen the dialogue in this important field of health care.

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